Week 5 SEC Power Rankings

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Sep 13, 2014; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels running back Eugene Brazley (3) carries the ball against Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns cornerback Jevante Watson (11) during the game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Rebels won 56-15. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

5. Ole Miss Rebels (3-0, 1-0 SEC)

Last Week’s Result: Idle

After jumping into the top three in last week’s SEC Power Rankings, the Ole Miss Rebels fell two places due to no fault of their own – the Rebels didn’t play Saturday. And, once we factored in-state rival Mississippi State’s huge road victory in Baton Rouge, and Texas A&M’s dominance, there was nothing to do but move them ahead of the Rebels.

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Ole Miss will have their own opportunity for a program changing victory in two weeks. Assuming the Rebels can get by Memphis next Saturday, College GameDay will head to Oxford for the undefeated top-ten matchup against the Alabama Crimson Tide. It will be the biggest college football game in the state of Mississippi in a long, long time and the Grove will be hopping.

Through the first three games of the season, the Rebels have leaned on a stingy defense that has allowed only 10.3 points per game. With a roster full of talented playmakers, but limited depth, the early season nature of the game with Alabama gives Ole Miss the best chance of an upset. Of course, they’ve got to win one more game on the non-conference slate for that SEC opener to matter on a national scale.


Next Week: vs. Memphis